The Perioperative Experience of the Ambulatory Surgery Patient
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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The lived experience of ambulatory surgery patients during the perioperative period was explored using a phenomenological approach. The purpose of the study was to examine the perioperative experience from the patient perspective. Purposive sampling of 5 ambulatory surgery patients was used. Data was generated using open-ended core questions and in-depth interactive interviews. Data was analyzed using the qualitative methods of P. Colaizzi 1978. Interview data was studied until interpretive clusters and themes emerged. Themes were integrated into a comprehensive description of the phenomenon. The significance of the study is based on its contribution to nursing knowledge by advancing the understanding of ambulatory patients perioperative experiences, furthermore, little research currently exists in this area.